Manchester United and Manchester City both have one-foot in the semi-finals of European competitions following victories in their first-leg clashes last week.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side defeated Granada 2-0 in Spain to move within touching distance of the final four in the Europa League, while City still have some work to do following a 2-1 victory over Borussia Dortmund in the Champions League.
Both Manchester clubs find themselves established among the favourites to lift the respective European titles this season and certainly have a strong chance of doing that.
In fact, according to FiveThirtyEight, City are firmly established as the best club in the world right now – slotting in ahead of Barcelona and Bayern Munich.
United, meanwhile, rank sixth on the list, with Liverpool and Real Madrid ahead of them, and are the highest-ranked side that are competing in the Europa League this season.
FiveThirtyEight’s Global Soccer Rankings are created using an SPI rating – which are the best estimates of a team’s overall strength.
In our system, every team has an offensive rating that represents the number of goals it would be expected to score against an average team on a neutral field, and a defensive rating that represents the number of goals it would be expected to concede.
These ratings, in turn, produce an overall SPI rating, which represents the percentage of available points — a win is worth 3 points, a tie worth 1 point, and a loss worth 0 points — the team would be expected to take if that match were played over and over again.